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3 Steps To ensure you Get a perfect Barcode

Step 1: Determine the barcode Symbology

Symbology is the bar code language. If you choose the wrong the language, the printed barcode can’t speak to the scanner. The quality of the barcode might be great, but if the Symbology is wrong, it won’t scan.

  • The most common Symbology’s are; UPC, Code 39, Code 128 and Codabar but there are many more. Ask yourself what you need.

  • If you don’t know, get a sample of what is similarly being using.

  • If a sample doesn't exist determine what Symbology the scanner you wish to use is programmed to read.

  • If you still are not sure, skip to step 2 and let us figure it out.

Step 2: Determine what Data needs to be in the barcode

The Data is the information that is encoded in the bar code and will display when the barcode is scanned. It's necessary to understand and specify want information you want the bar code to contain and how you plan to supply it.

  • Barcodes can contain numbers, letters and punctuation marks.

  • The Data can be static (the same for every bar code in the run), incrementing (numeric or alpha - numeric printed in sequential order) or variable (random Data supplied in a database).

  • The Data can also contain a Check-Digit, which is a single digit printed at the end of the barcode, used to verify the Data has been printed correctly. Common check digits are Mod-10 and Mod-7 but there are many to choose from and this will need to be specified.

  • If you doen’t have Data, we can generate it for you.

Step 3: Determine the Dimensions 

The Dimensions are the barcode height, width and human read position.

  • Height – the bar code can be any height permitted by the label dimensions.

  • Width – width is controlled by the X - dimension and ratio (width of the individual bars) but can be adjusted to fit the space available.

  • Human Read – the human read is the text printed equivalent of the Data contained in the in the barcode. Other than in the case of UPC, it can be printed above, below or beside the barcode and it can by any font size or style.

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